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Beyond the bug Jar (insect activities)

Activity: Beyond the bug jar

Ages 8 and up

It's summer again, so save up those glass jars, and get the hammer and nail ready for punching air holes in lids. Your kids are going to be needing the jars for bug catching (unless they've got one of those newfangled toy bug catchers).

Either way, maybe this is the summer your kids are ready to move beyond simple observation of their catches (not that I mean to denigrate the value of observation!). If so, you can be ready for that too, with these web sites.

Common Garden Creatures ( http://tinyurl.com/7y65m): A quickie page with great photos to help kids identify common garden bugs.

Innovative Projects and Activities on Minibeasts (http://tinyurl.com/c2nxj): Courtesy of the Young Entomologist Society, you'll find several summer's worth of projects on this page, and they're deep and thoughtful too. Tons of great advice on catching, collecting, and caring for insects.

Minibeast Museum (http://tinyurl.com/cfx7m): More from the Young Entomologist Society - lots of great science info on a big variety of "minibeasts" (insects, spiders, etc.).

For more summer nature activities, go to our Nature Activities for Kids page on BigLearning.org.




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